Monday, July 28, 2014

Versace inspiration and Content Contemplation?

Going into Summer Madness

It’s seems life is filled to the brim with birthdays, parties, work and more. It all started with Disneyland for days, the Aloha Party prep and execution and some major work project I’m currently knee deep in, so this is why Beauty by SW has had a small break.  For the W’s, family is always 1st, then my day job and then I get to do the fun stuff you see on the blog and YouTube.

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While on the subject of Vlogs and Blogs, Mr. W and I are sorting out; what is suitable content for YouTube and my Blog that relates to our family life and what’s off the table. Have any of you had this chat with your partner or spouse? Wow does this conversation go deep, at least for us. Comfort zones for vlog content, what part of events, dinners, and general filming are ok for use. You would think it would be easy to have this conversation, but it is not! We aren’t a reality show nor do we want to become one, this was the fear stated but my loving husband. Point well taken Mr.W and I am listening.

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 It’s very easy to get caught up in the documenting of life so that you’re not really participating in it. For Mr.W the reality show scripting of events and life are part of the fear as I move into YouTube. He doesn't want to have to do “exciting things every weekend for content”. Trust me I don’t either! May’s events took it out of me. I think I’m still in recovery mode.

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I plan to be more diligent about communication with you my blogging and YouTube communities, what this means is (if I can’t show up to the party I will write or vlog post to let you know sooner rather than the late)
I have Little W home for the summer and some major work projects due the end of July that may hinder with BBSW output. This is an ongoing thing with the day job as my income. Maybe I should drink more caffeine (No). If you have any thoughts on how you’ve integrated real life into your content without to much intimate time being lost let me know.

Until Next time


Saturday, July 26, 2014

French Chic With Anthropologie Pastel Pink

I’ve always loved vintage styles mixed with my twist of French Chic. A simple line and girly overtones are classics no matter what age you are. Just look at Olivia Palermo’s timeless style, she’s definitely on my stylista list. The photos from her low key wedding are stunning

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I have a closet full of classics mixed with modern wears to suit my moods and today I chose my peplum bird top from Anthropologie paired with J Crew skinny pants. I showed this pastel bird beauty on a haul on my YouTube channel a while back and haven’t had a chance to wear it till today.

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My favorite chain bracelet has a bee on the end with a gold tassel, this just screams vintage French 60’s keepsake trinket, this was a sale item on the Forever21 website.

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 The extras are always what make an outfit, don’t you think?
It’s the extras that make the house a home as well. Flowers always add that little extra to any home that make the home a little more finished, like a great statement necklace does for and outfit. As much as I love pink peonies, they are costly and don’t last in the heat of San Diego so I sometimes buy a commonly overlooked flower; the carnation. The fragrance is amazing and the array of colors is mind blowing and beautiful. The carnation flower lasts and brings a light, sweet smell to any room.

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Until Next Time
Happy Hunting


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Roberto Cavalli Summer Inspired OOTD

How I love the Italian style, especially Roberto Cavalli. As much as I love a structured look in my clothing rotation, there is something about flowing chiffon and a bright color that makes me feel free.

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  For my weekender look my stylist for the day (my daughter AKA Little W) chose this dress from my closet. I had bought this and the necklace from La Bel Age Chateau. The floral print layered in-between the 70’s inspired prints give this maxi dress a rich, playful feel. The edges of the layers are enhanced by black crocheted lace which adds dimension to this summer staple look of Gypset.

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My necklace is a baroque style necklace with emerald and mirrored beads from Anthropologie. I don't think this style is still available unfortunately. 

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My shoes are an old pair black gladiator sandals from Mossimo from I say give your summer a maxi with color burst and see what trouble you can get into.

Until Next Time
Happy Hunting


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Forever 21 haul and Naughty Dog Game “The Last of Us”

I had wanted to try the Forever 21 Premium Make up line for awhile so I made a quick trip to Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego. I picked up the Mineral Blush, Lip and Cheek Stain, a Nail art graffiti kit, nail art brushes, Travel make up brushes, the eye brow makeup kit and some extras.

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The graffiti nail art polish was a fun idea, but it should have been obvious to me the nails on the box had been done by a professional. Yes even Cosmetologist get sucked in by the pretty pictures on the box and all profession judgment goes out the window or maybe I was on a gummy bear high, who knows. I gave the kit a try and it turned out ok. I will practice a little more to see if I can master the graffiti look (cuz it’s fun) but I can see why going to a nail art specialist like the ladies of Miss Pop Nail is really the way to go. Besides Miss Pop Nail’s cute vintage pin up look, this girl has cred. She has participated in NYFW and is a regular on YouTube. Of course she makes it all seem so easy, I know different Miss Pop Nail Lady!
The Polish in the Forever 21 nail kit stayed on my fingers for 3 day, through yard work and organizing and I
I had no top coat on! I forgot to apply it (OOPS!) The colors were easy to apply and the color payoff was great.

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The nail art tools in hot pink were a must purchase for me. My daughter told me I didn’t have the right stuff to do her Mickey Mouse Nail Design for our Disney trip so I bought the set. Now I know I’m not the best at art work unlike my brother, he is in animation with Naughty Dog Games, so I guess this means I’ll be watching Ellen and Dish on YouTube as my art school. 

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The Mineral Blush has a pretty great pigment payoff, however the Lip and Cheek Stains are a bust if you’re looking for good color. The stains are sheer and flake when layered. The cheek stain would be great for a no makeup, makeup look, possibly of the beach. 

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In my YouTube Haul Video I spill my thoughts on all the products and all the little extras so be sure to watch the Forever 21 Haul on my YouTube Channel. Please note most of these products are only available in-store not on line.
I would love to hear from you if you’ve used any of the other beauty products from Forever 21 and you’re likes and dislikes in the comments below.

Until we meet again



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